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DRAFT NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? November 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
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NEW Friday 11 December 2015 7.30pm - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances. Cost £4 per person. Beginners welcome. Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

NEW Friday 11 December 2015 7.30pm - Café Culture - Thrive Café, Fore Street, Totnes
The Three Wise Men, better known as wry, performance poet Tim King, international storyteller Clive Pig and master of whimsy, Robert Garnham. All three on the same bill, together with superb songs from Exeter songwriter Ryn. Hosts: Simon and Susan tel. 01364 631308.

NEW Sunday 13 December 2015 7pm - Trade Winds Christmas Party - Scoriton Village Hall, near Buckfastleigh (map)
More Trade Winds goodies, with a festive flourish and a buffet supper to get you in the mood for the 25th. As every year, we ask people to bring food to share, so we can have a grand buffet in the middle of the evening. Also, there will be a raffle to cover the cost of hiring the hall, so we ask anybody who can to bring a prize to bolster the raffle table. Simon and Susan, tel. 01364 631308.
A Dartmoor Come-All-Ye session for singers, storytellers, poets, musicians and everybody else.

NEW Regular Acoustic Open Mic Night - Marldon
Hosted by ‘Folk Inspired’ duo Paul & Chris Woodhouse, meets second Thursday each month 7.30pm at Ye Olde Smokey House (top bar), Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 9NN (map), offering a warm welcome to performers and audiences who enjoy sharing music that comes from and moves on from folk and singer/songwriter traditions. Undiscovered talent, inexperienced and experienced performers all made very welcome. Encouraging, supportive and friendly. Mics /amplification/ music stand available. For more info phone Paul, 01803 550153 or 07894 961010. www.facebook.com/folkplus2/?fref=ts.
Next night: Thursday 10 December 2015

Rachel's - Updated East Devon Gig Guide for December
will soon be available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.




Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 24 November 2015

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I'm trying a somewhat different format for the listings this time - in various sections (includinga  one-off Christmas one). See what you think. I hope it's going to be easier for me to put together in this way/ If you get lost, the full open-ended Southern Devon Folk Diary listings can be found as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk, in a single chronological sequence!.

***** Seasonal Specials *****
Sunday 6 December 2015 - Kate Rusby at Christmas - The Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Of all the stars in folk music’s wondrous firmament, few shines as brightly as Kate Rusby. Steeped in her local traditions, Kate will showcase the carols and songs learnt through her childhood in her native South Yorkshire. This unmissable evening of entertainment will feature songs and carols from Kate’s new Christmas album due for release in Autumn 2015, together with a selection of songs from her latest album Ghost. As ever, Kate is touring this festive season with her hugely talented and intuitive band, complete with the enchanting sound of the brass quintet who join her each Christmas tour – you will be treated to a rousing Christmas celebration! Full details www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2015/kate-rusby-at-christmas.
Thursday 10 December 2015 7.30pm - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
Their 15th consecutive Christmas tour. Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport’s Chris Leslie and Chris While & Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. The magical concert promises more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of both traditional and new Christmas classics. Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain. Booking details etc. www.discoverhannahs.org/events/current/st-agnes-fountain-christmas-concert.
Saturday 12 December 2015 8pm - The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker - Luppitt Village Hall, nr Honiton
The Churchfitters recently delighted the audience at The Watermark in Ivybridge with their highly original performance style. Highly recommended. Info Robin 01404 892785 or Steve 01404 891268. www.facebook.com/Luppitt-Events-1589492987990744/timeline
Sunday 13 December 2015 7.45pm - Chris Newman & Maire Ni Chathasaigh - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
If mind-boggling musicianship is your thing (and if not, why not?), then do not miss this totally awe-inspiring duo. Chris is an acousitic guitarist whose dexterity and technique defy belief and Maire has been described as "the doyenne of the Irish harpers". She also sings beautifully. Together they are electric - a world-class act.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.
Sunday 27 December 2015 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas & New Year Ceilidh with 'Buttoned Up' - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off with ‘Buttoned Up’ with Kate Fincham-Powell (caller), Mick Bramich (melodeon/anglo concertina) and Les Noden (guitar & vocals). Reel Ale bar. Tickets £7.50 from artworks www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk. Entry includes one free non alcoholic drink. FFI contact Eileen McKee tel: 01364 73699; email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.
Thursday 31 December 2015 8pm - Ceilidh with The Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - The Strand Centre, The Strand, Dawlish
Caller Anne Gill. Teignmouth Folk Festival New Year's Eve fundraising ceilidh. £10.50. BYO drink & some food to share. Tickets from Alan 01626 863016 or Anne 01803 290427.

***** Now back to the regular Diary items - Trying a new format this time: first just all the 'NEW' (and any 'UPDATED') events, followed by a full listing of all other previously notified events for the next fortnight or so *****

NEW Thursday 3 December 2015 9pm - CoCo and the Butterfields - Voodoo Lounge, 1 The Money Centre, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL1 1QH
Described on their web site as a "band of buskers from Canterbury, playing a mix of folk, pop and rap with touches of country, rock and blues". Samples etc. www.cocoandthebutterfields.com.

NEW Friday 4 December 2015 - Jim Crawford + Silver Street Band - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Doors 7.30pm. With support from those International favourites The Silver Street Band. The Milverton Music Christmas Party Night has great music, a quiz, light supper including our famous roast potatoes and all for £10, selling fast (always sells out). Bar. Call 01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 9 December 2015 8pm - The Beehive Folk Café - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
A lovely friendly ,mostly acoustic folk session hosted by singer Sue King- in the Bar. Free. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.
Coming soon: Saturday 22 December - Mad Dog Mcrea

NEW Saturday 12 December 2015 8pm - Ewan McLennan - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Top Scottish guitarist and singer who has won a number of Awards and was a partycipant in the famed Transatlantic Sessions. Supported by local scottish/irish band Celt, in what could turn out to be a belated St. Andrews day thrash. £10, adv or concs £8. See www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk for full details of this event and all forthcoming 'Teignmouth Folk Concerts'. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

NEW Wednesday 16 December 2015 - Haunt The Woods - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
An exciting contemporary Folk band from the shires of Cornwall and the Rame Peninsula, Haunt the Woods have a new and unique sound incorporating an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary folk influences, with beautiful melodies and spellbinding guitar. The unique and chilling vocals combined with 4 and 5 part vocal harmonies make the heartfelt and emotional lyrics extremely powerful. Their live show really captures the energy and essence of the bands love and passion for music and the true meticulous nature of their compositions. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Wednesday 24 February 2016 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
After nearly 50 years on the road Fairport Convention, the originators of British folk-rock music, remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene. This year's Spring Tour presents a more intimate take on the band's repertoire. This concert will showcase brand new songs and tunes from the band's 2015 album Myths And Heroes. - however, favourites from the band's back catalogue will not be forgotten. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15507.

***** All other previously notified events for the next fortnight or so *****

Thursday 3 December 2015 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion
Friday 4 December 2015 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion
Saturday 5 December 2015 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion
Yes, the final 3 nights of SoH's autumn tour are all in Exmouth. See www.showofhands.co.uk for details.

Friday 4 December 2015 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. Now after nearly two decades in music, Kathryn's sublime vocals merge seamlessly with Sean's deft and inventive live guitar work on stage and his award-winning sonic skills in the studio. In addition to his chart topping hit records for brother Seth Lakeman, Sean has this year alone produced albums or tracks with The Levellers, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Imelda May and Bellowhead .....as well as a string of other folk/acoustic acts. More details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/kathrynroberts-seanlakeman. Tel. 01752 892220.

Friday 4 December 2015 8pm - Jamie Smith’s Mabon – Chudleigh Community School Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
Chudleigh Community Project welcomes the return of Jamie Smith’s Mabon on their ‘The Space Between’ Tour. Performers of original InterCeltic music, with vocals, accordion, bouzouki, bass and percussion – and lots of energy! Through songs and melodies, from thoughtful lyrics to joyful jigs, this is an InterCeltic/World roots band that the Financial Times described as ‘stratospheric’ and about whom Songlines magazine said ‘If music could fuel engines, Mabon could solve the energy crisis’. Tickets £12 from Lynn and Chris Evans 01626 852553, or from Andy at Chudleigh DIY. More information www.chudleighpool.org.uk/index.php/upcoming-events/item/jamie-smith-s-mabon.html.

Saturday 5 December 2015 1pm - Dumbo's Feather - The Strand Exmouth
Live @ Exmouth Christmas Cracker 2015 - part of huge swathe of entertainment and stalls throughout the Strand area, and beyond. Dumbo's Feather shall be performing their increasingly popular brand of traditional reels, jigs, polkas, airs and songs on the Strand main stage for 45 minutes so please feel free to come along and dance away the cold weather.

Saturday 5 December 2015 8pm - Great Western Ceilidh with This Way Up Ceilidh Band - Bowhill School, Buddle Lane, Exeter EX4 1JT (map)
5-piece ceilidh band from Shropshire, playing a mix of their own compositions and traditional English and European tunes. An early Christmas treat! £9 door (plus concs). Booking/contacts details http://www.great-western.org.uk/ceilidhs.

Saturday 5 December 2015 7pm - Family Ceilidh & Curry Night - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Ceilidh dancing to the 'Cotton Mill Ceilidh Band'- dancing to rocking American reels. Entertainment from 'Skylark Harmony'- Bluesy American songs with three part harmony and fiddle, flute, piano and percussion. Treat yourself to a Karahi curry, meat or vegetarian, order in advance (by Tuesday 1 December at latest), light option £5 bowl, full meal £10 plate. Licensed bar. Raffle. Tickets for Ceilidh & Curry orders from 'Artworks' 9 Station Road, South Brent TQ10 9BE 01364 649424 (or phone Fiona on 01364 649041). Tickets £5 adult, £3 child, £15 family (2+2) may be available on the door for Ceilidh (no tickets on door for curry). All proceeds to Dartside Explorers (South Brent).

Saturday 5 December 2015 8pm - Ensemble Baklava - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Songs and dances from around the Mediterranean. Music both contemporary and ancient performed on authentic traditonal instruments. Tickets on door £8. More info www.baklavamusic.com.

Saturday 5 December 2015 8pm - Mostly James Taylor - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
With special guest, Adelia. Beautiful harmonies, engaging anecdotes, and respectful interpretations of the songs of James Taylor, Alison Krauss and Mark Knopfler, to name but a few. Dave and Tash are also fine songwriters in their own right, performing with a variety of instruments. www.mostlyjamestaylor.co.uk. Tickets £8. Contact Twigg's Gigs on 07913 543124 or email sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk. Soft drinks, tea and coffee available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access.

Saturday 5 December 2015 7.30pm - Dances with a Difference (2) - Exwick Parish Hall, 102 Newman Road, Exwick, Exeter EX4 1PJ
A dance with Richard Mason and Abacus. Dances with a Difference is chance to do dances that you wouldn't normally do at a Ceilidh or Social dance. The dances will generally be 'different' enough to confuse complete beginners, and to make experienced dancers think twice. Some are new contra dances, some are dances for unusual numbers or in unusual formations - all are fun to do! For thirty years, Richard has been calling and choreographing new dances, many of which have been honed by generations of Exeter University Folk Dance members and attendees at IVFDF. Finally, many of those dances are gathered together into two special evenings , and released to the general public for the first time. Each evening is ably assisted by the wonderful music of Abacus, who will provide a rich tapestry of English, Scottish and American tunes to suit the dances. Tickets £5, call 01392 411434. Full details http://abacusceilidh.wix.com/barn-dance#!dances-with-a-difference/c1gif.

Saturday 5 December 2015 - Martin Harley - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter he fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio; The Martin Harley Band. Martin is a deeply important and respected voice in the evolution of popular blues and folk oriented guitar and vocals. A life long devotee of acoustic guitar music, especially the ageless blues/roots sounds, Martin has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic song-writing style he possesses today. Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, he is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. In other areas and styles, however, he has proved himself a master guitarist and a consistently astounding songwriter. Look for Martin’s videos “Winter Coat” and “Love In the Afternoon”, and a live version of the new single “Mojo Fix” taken from the new album of the same name. Samples www.martinharley.com/music. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/martin-harley.

Sunday 6 December 2015 8pm - Belshazzar’s Feast - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Belshazzar’s Feast start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off with wry humour. Singer, oboist and violinist Paul Sartin performs and records with Bellowhead and Faustus while accordionist Paul Hutchinson is well known from his work with Hoover the Dog, Karen Tweed and the Playford Liberation Front. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. £12 adv/£14 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 6 December 2015 7.45pm - Rory McLeod - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Defies conventional description but is an "ex-circus clown and fire eater, a one man soulband, poet,storyteller, a modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons,finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and percussion. An awe inspiring live performer who ... writes quite brilliant songs." (Ian Anderson, Folk Roots UK).
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 6 December 2015 8pm - Bookends' Tribute to Simon & Garfunkle - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Dan Haynes and Pete Richards perform the UK’s finest tribute to the music of American folk duo Simon and Garfunkel. www.tavistockwharf.com.

Tuesday 8 December 2015 8pm - Winter Session at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Featuring Hanlons’ Half Hours with Hazel & Paul (SagaLouts) - Sylvia Watts. Guest MC Martyn Babb. Entry £5 includes pint and pasty. Floor singers welcome. Traditional songs, music, dance or stories with seasonal craft (spinning and weaving) on display. Great atmosphere and acoustics! Further info email folk@bowstation.com, tel. 01392 82621. www.hanlonsbrewery.com. Doors 7.30pm. NB Disabled access pending.

***** Feature Section *****

Feature: World Unlimited / St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
World Unlimited is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation putting on great live music (and more) in a wonderful venue, exploring and presenting traditional roots and contemporary new musics developed and inspired from traditional sources.
Home-made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol. Free parking at the Parish Centre opposite. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk to book without a fee. Current programme includes:
Friday 27 November - Roving Crows
Roving Crows are an original must-see act, with roots in Folk and Celtic music. Renowned for their high-energy live performance, their shows pull together funked up traditional tunes and catchy original song. Think powerful Celtic undertones and intoxicating tribal rhythms. The band comprises fiddle, guitar, bass, percussion and vocals. Band of the Year - FATEA Music Awards 2014. Best Live Act – Spiral Earth Music Awards 2014. Best Folk Act - Exposure Music Awards 2012. “Really individual Celtic folk rock group” Mike Harding.
Saturday 5 December - The Choral Engineers & Trio Of Men perform 'Long Time Coming'
A new song-drive (not really a song-cycle) along the South Devon Highway - timed to coincide with its opening. Created and performed by the innovative community choir ‘The Choral Engineers’ (following on from their successes in ‘The Heaviside Condition’) and the band Trio of Men - both led by Hugh Nankivell and Steve Sowden. Expect asymetric rhythms, quirky lyrics, overhead projections, animal spirits and engineering terminology.
Monday 7 December - The Changing Room
Five piece original folk band based in Cornwall. Heavily influenced by the industrial heritage of Cornwall, the Looe-based band are ambassadors for collaboration and social singing. Their award-winning songs feature rousing choruses and catchy hooks that will keep you swaying and humming all week. Accordion, guitar, bodhran, harp and banjo plus world-class vocals deliver a winning combination, and unique sound. The phenomenally busy Sam Kelly and Tanya Brittain will be joined on stage by Jamie Francis (Stark), Evan Carson (The Willows) and harpist Morrigan Palmer-Brown for a two week sweep of the UK this winter.
Sunday 13 December - Glorious Chorus
This acclaimed Devon-based performance choir and its unique brand of music includes members from all over south Devon and has performed in recent years at Port Eliot, Glastonbury and Isle of Wight festivals as well as being finalists at Charles Hazlewood’s inaugural Orchestra in a Field choir competition.
***** End of World Unlimited feature

More in brief - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Friday 11 December - James Findlay - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay
Saturday 12 December - Klezmer Ceilidh with Kevara - South Brent Village Hall
Tuesday 15 December - Exmouth Shanty Men - Bay Horse Inn, Totnes
Tuesday 15 December - Ange Hardy - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton
Saturday 19 December -
Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf
Saturday 19 December - Seth Lakeman with Cara Dillon and Wildwood Kin - Plymouth Pavilions
Friday 15 January 2016 - Steve Knightley: All At Sea - Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Rd, Brixham
Friday 15 January 2016 - Gallery Bar Special: Appaloosas - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Saturday 16 January 2016 - The Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail
Friday 22 January 2016 - An Evening with Bob Fox, WarHorse Songman
- Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Saturday 23 January 2016 - Elkie Brooks - Exeter Corn Exchange
Wednesday 27 January 2016 - Oysters3 - Exeter Phoenix
Saturday 30 January 2016 - Phil Beer - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton
Saturday 20 February 2016 - Steve Knightley: All At Sea - Matthews Hall, Topsham

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing here does not guarantee that tickets are still available.

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Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 13 November 2015
Today's listings cover most events happening up to the end of November, plus a few others.
The full open-ended Southern Devon Folk Diary listings can be found as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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NEW Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (winter newsletter), Kingsteignton
Featured Artist Events - These artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm.
23 November – Steve Buxton - a charity event for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust; 7 December – John Lockwood – our talented singer and 12 string guitar player, with accompaniment by Bass Player Mark Thomas; 14 December – £1000 presentation to Rowcroft Hospice; 21 December – Christmas Party Night (there will be mince pies); 28th December - Closed; 4th January – New Year Event. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. For 2016 we are currently arranging an exciting programme of local "Featured Artists", which will include Josie Lloyd and Marc Woodward.
Please visit our web page www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information
We always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night in The Estuary Courtyard, Passage House Inn, Kingsteignton and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances. During the summer months we welcomed a total of 164 German tourists who were staying at the Passage House Hotel.
Kind Regards Martin

UPDATED Saturday 19 December 2015 - Seth Lakeman - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Seated. With very special guests Cara Dillon and Wildwood Kin. www.plymouthpavilions.com.

UPDATED Friday 15 January 2016 7pm - Steve Knightley: All At Sea - Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Rd, Brixham TQ5 9AJ
Enjoy the first night of Steve's new one-man show. Tickets £16 from Maggie on 01803 855961 or email info@maggieandmike.co.uk. Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/335723. NB Tickets not available from the venue.

NEW Saturday 16 January 2016 - The Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail
Organised by the ‘Friends of Stoke Gabriel School’ (FOSS), the Annual Wassail has become a very popular event and helps raise funds to enrich the lives of local children in school and community. Apple Wassailing is an ancient tradition performed in many villages on 'Old Twelfth Night' to bless the cider apples and orchards and encourage a good crop in the coming year. Gates open at 4.00pm with events from 5pm. The Apple Blessing Ceremony and lantern procession take place within the village orchard with wassail songs led by Rosa Rebecka. There will be folk music; morris dancing and a mummers play.

Steve Knightley's new solo project 'All At Sea'
is on the road January-March 2016, with local dates at Kingsand (7/2), Dartmouth (12/2), Topsham (20/2), Widecombe (17/3) - details on www.steveknightley.co.uk - but for some reason the first date on the tour is not (yet) on Steve's gig list:
NEW Friday 15 January 2015 7.30pm - Steve Knightley: All At Sea - Berry Head Hotel, Berry Head Rd, Brixham TQ5 9AJ
Enjoy the first night of Steve's new one-man show. Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/335723. Doors 7.00pm.

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General items retained from previous circulars

Featured venue: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A volunteer run arts centre in an interesting venue, overlooking the River Tamar. Calstock Arts programme a wide range of events including folk, jazz, classical music, comedy, film, theatre, talks and exhibitions. Fully licensed bar, and pre-event food is available for some events. In addition to ticketed events, Gallery Bar Specials also take place featuring live music and other events from well-known and emerging performers in the South West. Full programme details: www.calstockarts.org. Programme includes:
Sunday 12 December 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Sky Walkers
Friday 15 January 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Appaloosas
Friday 22 January 2016 8pm- An Evening with Bob Fox, WarHorse Songman
Saturday 6 February 2016 8pm - Wildwood Kin
Friday 26 February 2016 8pm - Luke Daniels
Friday 4 March 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Rosa Rebecka

Folk Dance Clubs
Some readers may have noticed that I don't normally include any details of Folk Dance Clubs (club nights, events etc.) in the Harberton Folk coverage area in my website and email listings. One very good reason for not doing so is that everything you could possibly need on this topic can always be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs.html, along with a wealth of information about many other topics 'folk'.
But this item has been prompted by a specific request from by a reader to mention the following:
Exeter Folk Dance Club at The Palace Gate Centre, Baptist Church, South Street, Exeter 7.30-10pm: October 30 Aileen Wills & The Balcony Band; November 27 Pam Hayes & Live Music; December 11 Xmas Party and Bring and Share, Simon Maplesden & Jigs for Gigs


Crabshell Music Kingsbridge - an Update from Neil White
You have'\t heard from me since the Crabshell Records Showcase concert but I hoped you might appreciate a Crabshell music update. It’s unlikely there will be any more regular Crabshell Concerts and I expect you already know that the monthly 1st Thursday sing-arounds in the bar are no more. The pub has just got too busy (and noisy) for these to continue as they were.
However... My pal, Paul Rossiter, is initiating a new, rather different, acoustic venture upstairs in the Function Room. Some of our most notable local musicians will be invited to strut their stuff with 10 to 25 minutes for their appearance. The first of these events will be this Thursday 8 October from 8pm prompt to about 10.15pm. Performers booked for this date will include gifted multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter John Connor; the stunning voices of “songsisters" Mahrey & Nicola; the distinguished veteran musicians, Les Noden & Nigel Sture, appearing as “Bollards”; and the lively, talented duo, Johnny Mac and Janet with songs, guitar, fiddle and mandolin.
Diary! Thereafter the sessions will be at the same time on each second Thursday of the month into April (except December)
Free entry. All Seated. All acoustic. 2 for 1 Fish & Chips with your Crabshell loyalty card (apply at the bar).

About Crabshell Music Itself
Neil White's Crabshell Music catalogue ("Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musiciams who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities.") includes recordings by talented local performers such as Bollards (Les Noden & Nigel Sture), The Old Gaffers, Vic Wilcox & Johnny Kimble, Devil's Footsteps, Storm UK, John Connor, Rumpus. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html for full details.

And Another Topical Local CD Release (by Steve Banks) - John Smart's Bottle
Perhaps you caught one of the news item very recently about Napoleon Bonaparte's visit 200 years ago to Devon before being shipped off to exile in St Helena? Local Steve Banks (of The Carnival Band, Blue Jewel etc.) writes of his new CD:
"It brings to life Napoleon’s extraordinary visit to Brixham Quay on 24th July 1815, two hundred years ago. In 2012, John Risdon, the historian from Galmpton who helped me with the Dart Songs album, suggested a further collaboration, about the local history of the Napoleonic Wars, and the smuggling trade that went along with it. The central story was of Napoleon being brought to Brixham quay aboard the Belerophon (the “Billy Ruffian”) in July 1815, a few weeks after his defeat at Waterloo. There is an extraordinary real life account of this visit, through the eyes of one John Smart of Brixham, who, at 10 years old, was enjoying the special holiday to celebrate the Waterloo victory, down at Brixham quay with his mates Charlie and Dick Puddicombe, when they spied two ships of the line coming around Berry Head. The amazing drama that unfolded, is told in the title song of the album, John Smart’s Bottle."
The CD also has community involvement through The Old Gaffers, Maggie Duffy, and Brixham Folk Club. Well worth a listen to the sample tracks here www.bluejewel.info/john-smarts-bottle/john-smarts-bottle-listen-to-tracks.

Folk Song Clubs
I don't normally include any details of regular Folk Song Club singers'/musicans' nights in the Harberton Folk coverage area in my website and email listings. One very good reason for not doing so is that everything you could possibly need on this topic can always be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk. However, Andy Clarke has sent the following to his email list ahead of the regular monthly club night for Totnes Folk Song Club tomorrow Thursday 8 October which I'm happy to reproduce:
"A special welcome to all the new people on the mailing list for Totnes folk club. The club is held on the second Thursday every month upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn Totnes starting at 8 ish and (usually) every other month is a guest performers or performers. I try to book people you may not have heard of but who deserve to be seen. There are other venue’s locally that do a great job of booking big names but the travelling troubadours who have (often) been around for a long time do not get the kind of recognition they deserve even though they give first class performances. We have had some superb guest performers over the years, many of which the audience just came along on spec, not sure what they were getting. So please do check out the video clips I put up of the performers we book and give the club your support, we can’t survive without you! We also have a great deal of talent amongst our floor singers and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for making the club a great night out. I can honestly say that our singers nights are really great fun and for a couple of quid you can’t really go wrong.
This coming Thursday 8th Oct is a singers night so if you fancy having a go, if you play Siberian nose flute whilst whistling Dixie or you strike the gay harp with a hammer or you just would like to use a song sheet to help you remember words….come along, upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn. 8pm-ish £3 non performers £2 performers.
Next month Sarah McQuaid www.sarahmcquaid.com/press-group-8.html."


Lympstone Folk: A new addition to 'Folk (Song) Clubs' page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk -
2nd Wednesday of each month (except August), 9-11pm, Globe Inn, The Strand, Lympstone, EX8 5EY. Close to station and car park. Singers, musicians and audience welcome. Join the Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/130235653662071 for monthly reminder or contact Olly Davey, 01395 225075 for details.

Session News - New Session - Churchstow
A new regular first Thursday (8.15pm) of each month session, organised by John Connor, has started at the Church House Inn, Churchstow, the next will be on 1 October, and the first Thursday of each month thereafter.
John Connor also runs Open Mic sessions at the Dolphin Inn, Kingston. The next is on 25 September from 8pm - see www.facebook.com/dolphinopenmic.connor.1?fref=ts. Also occasional open mics at the Exeter Inn, Modbury.

More Session News - Axminster; Plymouth
According to a recent email circular from Tony Watts associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at http://sanchobramble.weebly.com:
2 x RIP
Axminster: Axminster Inn, Silver St EX13 5AH (01297 34947, Every Wednesday, 9pm. Open mic/acoustic session “Relatively quiet, but enjoyable!”
Not happening.
Plymouth: Bristol Castle, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.), Devonport PL1 4EP (01752 563155), Second Sunday of the month, 3pm. Folk music session. “I had a text from the organisers of the session at The Bristol Castle as I went to it occasionally.
That has finished, they are looking for another venue in the area but I think it will be a week night.” Greg.

Session news - Plymouth
According to a recent email circular from Tony Watts associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at http://sanchobramble.weebly.com:
NEW ADDITION - Plymouth: Bristol Castle, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.), Devonport PL1 4EP (01752 563155). Second Sunday of the month, 3pm. Folk music session. “Singers, musicians, all welcome. Friendly atmosphere. Experienced folk on hand. Beginners welcome. Refreshments.”

Along The Coleridge Way
Also received from Tony Watts - admittedly outside our cover area, but not too far away - an interesting project:
In October 2015, at 14 intimate concert venues along the route of The Coleridge Way, Award winning folk musicians Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater present an exquisite evening of original music inspired by the life and work of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The tour starts on October 3 just across the road from Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey (Somerset), and ends on October 18 in the Lynmouth Pavilion. Full details


Exeter Corn Exchange - Diary Dates (not all folk, but some popular names, all on sale now)
Wednesday 11 November 7.30pm - Eddi Reader
Friday 13 November 7.30pm - Donovan
Saturday 23 January 2016 7.30pm - Elkie Brooks
Wednesday 24 February 2016 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
Wednesday 13 April 2016 8pm - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
Monday 9 May 2016 7.30pm - The Fureys

Session news - South Brent
Nothing new here, just reminders of various regular happenings in two pubs in this busy village:
The Oak
Folk music session – a folk music session to join in every Wednesday for adults from 8.30pm(ish);
Children’s folk night - 7.30-8.30pm on alternate Wednesdays in term time encourages young people to learn and enjoy playing instruments and singing
Folk at the Oak – Traditional music and song on the third Thursday of the month from 8.00pm(ish). FFI Mick Bramich on 01364 649339.
Pack Horse Inn
Mixed folk session - mainly a song session/‘sing around’ from around 8.30pm on alternate Tuesdays (8 & 22 September; 6 & 20 October): - Contact Eileen on 01364 73699 eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

Advance dates info for Folk Evenings at the Cross House Inn, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
"The following are the dates agreed with the landlord for us meet, greet, eat, drink, sing, play ....."
17 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec, 9 Jan, 6 Feb, 5 Mar, 2 Apr
Monthly reminders will appear in these listings.

Session news (Plymouth)
This may well have been going for ages, but it's one I hadn't heard of:
Bristol Castle Pub, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.) Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4EP
Regular 2nd Sunday afternoon (3pm) folk music session, singers, musicians all welcome. Friendly atmosphere. Experienced folk on hand beginners welcome - refreshments. For contact details (Kathy) see www.flaxey-green.co.uk.
www.flaxey-green.co.uk provides extensive details of dozens of regular sessions happening across our area.

More session news, various, taken direct from Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates
(see http://sanchobramble.weebly.com for more details)
Discontinued: Exmouth: 11a Church Street (restaurant & bar) EX8 1PE (01395 223195); was Every Wednesday, 9pm. Open mic + jamming. Discontinued – premises now under new name and management.
New addition: Bishopsteignton: Red Rock Brewery, Higher Humber Farm TQ14 9TD (01626 879738) Every Thursday, 7.30pm. ‘Folk Club’. “Not really a club - and not JUST folk music. You can usually expect to play 2 sets - 3 songs overall - and the earlier you arrive, the sooner you play. Come as an individual, or a small group - bring friends and family - join in with others, make new friends. All genres - all levels - all instruments - just NO mic, and NO amps - totally acoustic.”
Revised entry: Sidmouth: The Marine, The Esplanade EX10 8BB (01395 513145, www.themarinesidmouth.com) Open mic: Alternate Fridays, from 9.30pm. Free entry. All welcome. In-house PA, mics and guitar available if required.

Outside our area, but sad news about a long-established West-Country folk club
Eileen Ann Moore writes:
Closure of the Acorn Folk Club
"The Acorn Folk Club was founded in Minehead, Somerset in 2002 by the late John Moore, and carried on from 2005 by his widow Eileen Ann with the help of Jim Parham and a willing team of volunteers. During these thirteen years nearly 100 outstanding and leading guests on the national and international folk scene have been hosted. The platform granted for regular and visiting talented floor spots has been well used, and a loyal and enthusiastic audience has been developed, earning the Acorn the reputation of "one of the best, if not the best, folk clubs around". Due to unforeseen circumstances it has been decided regrettably to close the Acorn Folk Club and so the new 14th season will not be starting on 6th September 2015 as previously planned. Eileen Ann and Jim have enjoyed running the club and meeting and hosting such a wide variety of people, whether professional or amateur performers or listeners, and have made lasting friendships. They would like to thank all who have contributed in any way in making the Acorn Folk Club the success it has been. EAM"

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Sold out Thursday 10 September - Steve Knightley - Otterton Mill's final gig
Friday 18 September - Reg Meuross (plus Jess Vincent) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Friday 25 September - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Simon Mayor & Hilary James with Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter
Saturday 26 September - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 27 September - Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Brixham Theatre
Sunday 27 September - Polperro Fishermen’s Choir - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Sunday 11 October - Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers - Northcott Theatre, Exeter
Saturday 31 October - Martyn Joseph - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Tuesday 3 November - Ralph McTell - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Sunday 8 November - Cara Dillon - Tavistock Wharf
Wednesday 11 November - Eddi Reader - Exeter Corn Exchange
Sunday 15 November - Lau - Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 15 November - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 21 November - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Saturday 28 November - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock
Saturday 21 November - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Thursday 10 December - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Saturday 19 December - Seth Lakeman & Band - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington


Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (late summer newsletter), Kingsteignton
Details of our next Featured Artist Events. These artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket.
We are on target to donate another £1000 to Rowcroft Hospice Charity towards the end of the year.
17 August – The John White Band; 7 September – Verity Greenway; 21 September – Nine Pound Catfish; 12 October – Chris & Paul Woodhouse; 26 October – Cornelius Family; 23 November – Steve Buxton; 7 December – John Lockwood
Please visit our web page www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information and performance videos.
We meet every Monday and always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances.


(More) Folk news slightly further afield:
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Compiled by Tony Watts. Monthly calendar with email updates mainly of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details. Tony's latest email update notes the following:
South Zeal (nr. Okehampton): King’s Arms EX20 2JP (01837 840300, Dave: 07792 259338,
www.drjams.co.uk). Second Monday of every month, 9pm till 11pm. Open mic. “Please note the Kings Arms Jam in South Zeal is moved back 1 week in August to make way for the [Dartmoor] folk festival.”

Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

Session updates - Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL
According to Tony Watts'  latest email circular associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at
http://sanchobramble.weebly.com, the following now applies (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064):
Open mic: First Friday or Saturday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third & fourth Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.


Session News - Aveton Gifford
Third Thursday, Celtic / Irish folk session month. New musicians welcome or just come along to listen - we like an audience!! Tel 07793 636370. At the Fishermans Rest, Fore St, Aveton Gifford, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4JL tel 01548 550284
Comprehensive information about dozens of sessions across the area can be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk.


Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Outside our coverage area (just), but easily accessible
I've also recently become aware of the following club, offering monthly guest / open stage nights, which I've now added to the 'Other links' section on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk: Culm Valley Music & Performance Club at Magelake Hall, Uffculme EX15 3DR. Close to M5 Jct 27, www.culmvalleymusicclub.co.uk.


The Live Music Act extension came into effect on the 6 April 2015 meaning that Venues with audiences of up to 500 people will benefit from this deregulation of live music. Changes to the Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014 mean a venue does not need a license to host live amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 to audiences of up to 500 people. Live un-amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 on any premises is unregulated along with the use of recorded music (to audiences of up to 500) during the same hours. Both live and recorded music may still become licensable if the licensing authority chooses following a licence review. This should be good news for small to medium size venues and musicians, however, there will always be the NIMBYS and those who wish to develop residential buildings close to existing live music venues to contend with.
(From The Jelli Note)

Kingsbridge - Crabshell Sessions R.I.P.
"Dear All, This is a very sad moment for me and probably for a lot of you. I have decided to end the 1st Thursday of the month Crabshell singing/music sessions. Although I am really pleased that Simon and the team at the pub are making such a success of the business, it really has become too far removed from the kind of venue that suits a session such as we all enjoy. I had considered doing this at the end of this year's winter season (ie May) but with the April session being so close to Easter this year, the pub will be heaving with an extra influx of visitors next week and I really can't face all the argy-bargy! With there only being the May session left it seems to make sense to call a halt now. I thank everyone who has supported the session over these past many years (can't remember actually how many!) and I for one have enjoyed the opportunity to have such great evenings of wonderful singing and cameraderie. There are other sessions in the surrounding area (see www.flaxey-green.co.uk) that would be very happy to see new singers so I hope you all continue singing, and I shall no doubt see you somewhere. If you know someone who may want to know this, Please spread the word to any interested parties who may not see this email. Love and all good wishes for the future from Brenda Burnside."


Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Shammick Acoustic in North Devon
Shammick Acoustic's full programme of guest and open nights for 2015 is now available on

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets £10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:


Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website
www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see
www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast -
www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends


Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.


'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.

North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.


Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.


1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.


A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf


New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]


An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"


A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.


Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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